As exam time is here, I have (of course) been looking around for other things to do than study – one of which has been watching classic episodes from Sex and the City.
Immense inspiration appeared towards the end of the last series when Carrie moves to Paris to live with her Russian boyfriend Petrovski. I was inspired by the style and attitude on screen. Parisienne women are thought of as the epitome of elegance and tasteful class.
This led me to investigate a couple of beauty brands, which subsequently led to goodies from…Lancôme and Bourjois!
Noticing my Estée Lauder double wear was also french and throwing into the mix was a tactical decision, as the foundation is new to my routine and I thought I should mention how comfortably it sits on my skin. As a big fan of MAC’s studio fix, this foundation outperformed my old faithful as it was very similar yet had a far more bearable smell and less “cakey” texture.
As I always say it’s all about how you blend your foundation that determines your results and I like to use my hands and fingers to blend right into the creases giving a natural yet sufficient coverage. I still love studio fix though and it is a less expensive option for more or less the same result.
One of the more recent offerings from Lancôme is the Doll Eyes mascara which has been subject to conflicting reviews. This is a beautiful mascara.
Firstly, it has a sleek, elegant tube and wonderful rose scent. The wand is shaped so that you can reach those inner corner areas and lift them effectively – I’ve always found this part tricky with other mascaras. It does a stunning job of separating lashes, hence the term doll eyes, making your lashes appear longer and feminine.
However, only use one coat. Trying to build coat upon coat of this mascara is when it can start to produce clumps – it does a terrible job of thickening lashes so do not buy if this is the result you wish for. Great addition to your makeup wardrobe, for the delicate sans-makeup look.
The Hypnose mascara has a different shaped wand, comparing to it’s younger sister in a very bland, dated fashion! I found the effects rather similar. Great for lengthening but not thickening and gives a very elegant appearance especially with the absence of eyeliner.
Definitely for the “Femme Parisienne” within!
I also received miniature versions of what a fan of Lancôme would likely refer to as their staple beauty products. The half water half oil formula offered by Bi-Facil is already a member of my skincare routine, it sweeps away all traces of mascara within seconds whilst leaving your face fantastically fresh and smelling amazingly rosy.
Whilst a little pricey, the Hydra Zen Neurocalm “Anti-Stress” moisturising cream is great for massaging in after a long day during a nice TV session! This would be a good treat for those who like to spend a lot on their skin – I love its delicacy as my skin is particularly sensitive and this is one of the few that doesn’t bring me out in itchy redness.
For those of us who want to explore the beauté de Paris sans expense, Bourjois has some of interesting offerings in their new Paris Glamour range. I was tempted by a lipgloss in which the PH levels of your lips is what determines the shade outcome! Designed to produce variations of “Rose”, this is my result five minutes after application:
The above result was achieved with no previous foundation or substance on the lips which surprised me as my lips are much darker than this. I wasn’t too fond of the overkill in shine as prefer more subtle lipwear. I also tested the new “effet Smokey” eyeliner – which was simply a granite colour with glitter and a brush at the other end to create the smokiness. Nice enough result. I finally decided to try the “Delice de Poudre” and this is a product I can absolutely say I loved from Bourjois with its wonderfully chocolately smell and ease of application, however I would say in this instance less is more.
Finalement, I decided to try the French Twist. As my hair is very layered with blonde ends, I found it tricky trying to hide the ends and so here is my, ahem, twist on it…
I have learned that, to really experience the beauty of French glamour, you need to be willing to pay the price of the higher end brands.
Next up will be a review based on a theme from another prominent city.
It’s a toss up between Tokyo and New York – what would you prefer to see?
If you’d like to win some of the items in this review, as well as some other lovely products, you’d do well to enter my giveaway.